Famous Deaths on March 15

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44 BC Julius Caesar, Roman military and political figure, is stabbed to death at 55

Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius Caesar
Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman
Julius Caesar
  • 220 Cao Cao, King of Wei (b. 155)
  • 493 Odiaker (Odoacer), German army leader/King of Italy (476-93), murdered
  • 752 Zachary, Greek/Italian Pope (741-52), dies [or Mar 22]
  • 963 Romanus II, Byzantine emperor (959-63), dies at 25
  • 1145 Pope Lucius II [Gherardo Caccianemici dal Orso] (1144-1145)
  • 1311 Walter V of Brienne, Duke of Athens at the Battle of Halmyros
  • 1575 Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1670 John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (b. 1597)
  • 1673 Salvatore Rosa, Italian painter (Baroque)/poet/music/actor, dies at 57
  • 1701 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer (b. 1624)
  • 1711 Eusebio Kino, Italian Catholic missionary (b. 1645)
  • 1723 Johann C Gunther, writer, dies at 27
  • 1731 Adolf H van Rechteren, Dutch diplomat/politician, dies at 75
  • 1820 Clemens Maria Hofbauer, patron saint of Vienna (b. 1751
  • 1842 Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini, Italian composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • 1849 Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal and linguist (b. 1774)
  • 1880 Jan K J de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 51
  • 1881 Emory Upton, US Union gen-maj (Selma), commits suicide at 42
  • 1883 Karol Studzinski, composer, dies at 55
  • 1889 Melville Reuben Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1891 Théodore de Banville, French writer (b. 1823)
  • 1891 Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • 1898 Henry Bessemer, English metallurgist (b. 1813)
  • 1905 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch liberal/founder (Social Weekly), dies at 60
  • 1905 B Amalie Skram-Alver, Norwegian author (Paa St Jorgen), dies at 58
  • 1906 Alfred Gilpin Jones, lt-gov of Nova Scotia (1900-06), dies at 81
  • 1918 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • 1918 Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • 1918 Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • 1929 Pine-Top Smith, jazz pianist (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies at 24
  • 1930 Antonio Beltramelli, writer, dies at 51

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1934 Davidson Black, Paleoanthropologist, dies while working alone during the night, in Beijing, China at 49

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black
  • 1937 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), dies at 46
  • 1938 Edmund Tylecote, cricketer (England keeper in 6 Tests 1882-86), dies
  • 1940 Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies
  • 1941 Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter (b. 1864)
  • 1942 Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), dies at 70
  • 1944 Otto von Below, German commandant (WW I), dies at 86
  • 1945 Herman B Wiardi Beckman, Dutch MP (SDAP), dies at 41
  • 1951 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-born astronomer (b. 1889)
  • 1954 Arthur Fickenscher, composer, dies at 82
  • 1957 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • 1959 Lester Young, American musician (b. 1909)
  • 1962 Sam Wren, actor (Wren's Nest), dies at 64
  • 1964 Paul Cavanagh, actor (Black Arrow, Woman in Green), dies at 75
  • 1966 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • 1966 Heinrich Lemacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Miles Malleson, actor/writer (Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 1970 Josef Martin Bauer, writer, dies at 68
  • 1970 Tarjei Vesaas, Nowegian author/novelist/writer (Isslottet), dies at 72
  • 1971 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1972 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • 1973 Carl Benton Reid, actor (Burke's Law), dies at 82
  • 1975 Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler/sportscaster, dies at 49
  • 1975 Aristotle S Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, dies at 69
  • 1977 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • 1977 Antonino Rocca, Argentine professional wrestler
  • 1977 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • 1981 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • 1983 Jose Luis Sert, Spanish-US architect/urban developer, dies at 80
  • 1983 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1985 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1987 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82

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1988 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • 1989 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, NFL tail back (Heisman Trophy), dies at 70
  • 1990 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 1991 Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel), dies at 84
  • 1991 Eileen Sedgwick, silent film actress (Hot Heels), dies at 93
  • 1992 Helen Deutsch, screenwriter, dies of natural causes
  • 1992 Jack Washburn, actor (Black Orchid), dies after long illness at 64
  • 1992 Vanessa Lee, actress (Split), dies at 71
  • 1993 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • 1993 Dennis Gregory, actor (Village of the Damn), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1993 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
  • 1994 Mae Zetterling, Swedish actress (Night Games), dies at 68
  • 1995 Carlos Menem Jr, son of Argentine pres, dies at 26

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1995 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer, dies at 86

  • 1996 Helen Chadwick, artist, dies at 42
  • 1996 Olga Rudge, American-born concert violinist, dies at 100
  • 1996 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, lawyer/diplomat, dies at 89
  • 1997 Gail Davis, (Annie Oakley), dies at 72
  • 1997 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian painter (b. 1906)

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1998 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 2001 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2003 Dame Thora Hird, British actress (Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 91
  • 2003 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • 2004 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • 2004 John Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • 2006 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Bowie Kuhn, American commissioner of baseball (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • 2008 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 2009 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2011 Nate Dogg, American rapper, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. (b. 1969)
  • 2011 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)
  • 2012 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • 2013 Booth Gardner, American politician, dies from Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 2015 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87